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UFO and Bigfoot sightings abound in Massachusetts' 'Monsterland'

By T.K. Randall
February 26, 2024 · Comment icon 16 comments

Who or what lurks in the woods near Leominster ? Image Credit: Pixabay / jplenio
A 5-mile stretch of rugged woodland near Leominster has been home to mysterious sightings dating back 200 years.
The area, nicknamed 'Monsterland', first gained notoriety during the 19th-Century when locals began reporting sightings of a strange creature said to be lurking in the woods.

Since then, hundreds of people claim to have experienced something unusual within the vicinity of the forest.

Ronny Le Blanc, who grew up in the area, has made it his life's mission to get to the bottom of the mystery.

"I think because these things have happened to me personally, it's created this obsession where I need to find out more," he told CBS Boston.

"The reason it gets its name is there were sightings of Bigfoot creatures going back to the late 1800s."

One particularly notable incident occurred in the 1950s when a man walked into a bar in Leominster and reported that he had seen a 'terrifying monster' on a road near the forest.
The man asked the bartender to call the police, but rather than wait for them to arrive he declared that he was going to venture out into the forest, kill the creature and bring its body back as proof.

His car was found abandoned by officers a short while later on the same road and with the headlights still switched on. Despite an extensive search, the man himself was never found.

Another prominent incident occurred in the 1970s when a couple who were driving through the area spotted a strange rectangular light formation in the sky.

"They're looking at this thing and they're just dumbfounded how something so large could just be hovering silently there," said Le Blanc.

"Flash of light and all of a sudden the UFO is gone and they look at each other and the wife notices that they have missing time, about 20 minutes. "

"But, the other thing, now their car is on the opposite side of the road, like they were put back but in the wrong place."

To date, no explanation for these events has ever been found.

Source: Mail Online | Comments (16)

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Comment icon #7 Posted by sanchez710 2 months ago
Most of the sightings could be explained as bears walking upright on their back legs. I find the most intriguing stories are the ones from First Nation people who have encountered strange hairy hominids for hundreds of years.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Alchopwn 2 months ago
The birds aren't of near human intelligence, equipped with nature's own ghillie suit, experts in stealth and mimicry, and eager not to be found. On the contrary, most BF sightings are never reported, because nobody wants the ridicule and threat to their employment that revealing what one witnessed entails. Also, if you go and look at what footage of BF exists, it may surprise you that almost none of it looks anything like a bear on its hind legs.  I can think of perhaps 2 examples out of many dozens, that were bears caught in such footage, but any experienced hunter knows the difference, desp... [More]
Comment icon #9 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps 2 months ago
If I recall correctly, the First Nation people believe that the big hairy man was here (America's northwest) before the First Nation people! That's 20,000 years, at least.      The Bridgewater Triangle, I have heard of, thanks to TV show I saw on it years ago. But I don't live near there, I'm up in Cape Ann.  But now that I have read your post, I am a bit upbeat by it. 
Comment icon #10 Posted by Trelane 2 months ago
We've gone over this. The First Nations peoples invented the "hairy man" as a storytelling device. It has varied for its purpose depending on specific regions.   That is not remotely true these days. Every Harry, Dick and Tom has some story or horrible video alleging to be BF and plasters them all over social media platforms.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Resume 2 months ago
Yeah, some footie enthusiasts want it both ways. On the one hand, people don't report their sightings because of embarrassment, yet on the other hand some apologists claim the "thousands of reports" are significant, forgetting of course that the plural of anecdote is not data.  
Comment icon #12 Posted by Alchopwn 2 months ago
Dear old Massachusetts has a ton of folklore and a great many spooks, cryptids, and cosmic horrors.  It is Lovecraft Country.  I come from Dunwich myself.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps 2 months ago
I had to look that up. Dunwich? very clever. 
Comment icon #14 Posted by ChrLzs 2 months ago
I'm pretty sure that means those biologists are baffled.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Antigonos 2 months ago
The Gloucester sea serpent is my personal favorite. I hail from Arkham. 
Comment icon #16 Posted by Alchopwn 2 months ago
So... Danvers?  That is where the maps show Arkham being.

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